2018 International DIRFloortime® Conference
Envisioning a World Where Individual Differences are Embraced and Everyone Achieves their Fullest Potential

Incredible Keynote Presenters

Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital, and author of many publications including “The Emotional Life of the Toddler.”

Her presentation is Treating Trauma in Young Children: The Gifts and Challenges of Speaking the Unspeakable.  Trauma exposure in infancy and early childhood is the most frequent risk to young children's survival and wellbeing but it is seldom recognized and addressed in treatment.  This talk will describe Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment that helps young children and their parents use play, body expression, and language to understand the impact of trauma and co-create trauma and protective narratives to restore safe intimacy and foster healthy development.

Dr. Stephen Shore: Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.  Dr. Shore will be presenting "The 3 A’s of Autism: Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives."  His stories, expertise, and insights will forever impact your perspectives on autism. 

Plenary Sessions

Critical Core: Role-Playing Games and
the Future of Social-Skills Enrichment
Virginia Spielmann, MS, OT, DIR-Expert,STAR Institute for SPD
Adam Davis, MA Ed, Game to Grow
Adam Johns, MA, LMFT,Game to Grow
Learn more about Critical Core

Finding Flow in Music: A Case Study of
Developmental and Emotional Transformation
through Music Therapy
Zachary Kandler, MA, MT-BC, DIR-Advanced
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist

Visual Processing in Children with
Developmental Differences
Diane Cullinane, MD, DIR-Expert
Professional Child Development Associates


Friday and Saturday
November 9 & 10, 2018
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Washington, DC

Radisson Hotel
Washington, DC - Rockville
3 Research Court, Rockville, MD 20850
Professionals $289 ($299 with CEUs)
Parents, Students, and Self-Advocates $189


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Hotel Accommodations

The Radisson Washington, DC – Rockville
is Sold Out!  Sorry, but the rooms went fast.

There is a Sleep Inn next door to the Radisson and a Courtyard by Marriot just down the street. 

There are many other hotels in the Rockville, Maryland area very close to the Radisson.  But, please book soon.

Continuing Education
For most professionals, this conference counts for 11 professional contact hours.  There are variations for some professions. 

Click here for professional continuing education information for Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Music Therapists, Counselors, and Social Workers. 

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for the conference presenters. 

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